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On Friday, Roseanne Barr made several YouTube videos to explain, from her point of view, why ABC decided to cancel her hit series, Roseanne, on May 29 following a racist tweet about former Barack Obama aide Valerie Jarrett.
In one video, Barr began, looking at the camera: “Hi, this is Roseanne Barr and I’d like to welcome you to my own studio, where I’m able to speak for myself to my fellow and sister Americans without the filter of the biased media.”
“This was my statement from the very beginning,” she continued, “and it will continue to be forever because it is the truth. When ABC called and asked me to explain my ‘egregious and unforgivable tweet,’ I told them I thought Valerie Jarrett was white. And I also said I am willing to go on The View, Jimmy Kimmel, or whatever other show you want me to go on and explain that to my audience.”
Barr’s Friday afternoon video was released 11 days after she said that she was planning a sit-down television interview. “To my wonderful fans who I treasure and love — who have carried me these past weeks when I was 2 weak 2 carry myself: I will be doing a TV interview this week,” she tweeted July 8.
The new video statement concluded: “Now, instead what happened was, about 40 minutes after that, my show was canceled before even one advertiser pulled out and I was labeled a racist. Why, you ask? Well, the answer is simple. It’s because I voted for Donald Trump and that is not allowed in Hollywood.”
Barr’s remark on Twitter, in which she compared the black former Obama aide to an “ape,” led to ABC canceling the reboot of Roseanne after just one season. At the time, on May 29, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said, “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”
Earlier on Friday, Barr released a video that served to explain her racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett. In the video, the comedian talks to someone off-camera while smoking a cigarette. Visibly frustrated, Barr says she’s trying to talk about the Iran deal and Valerie Jarrett, which she says was what her tweet was about, before looking right at the camera and screaming, “I thought the bitch was white!”
Barr, who has apologized to Jarrett since the original tweet, previously stated that she was on Ambien when she wrote the tweet, and also claimed she was unaware that Jarrett is black. She has also insisted that the tweet was “about anti-Semitism.”
ABC has since announced it will revive the Roseanne reboot as The Conners, without Barr being involved.
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